The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up



alaska-stampIncumbent: Sean Parnell (R)* Running for Re-election

Primary Election: August 24, 2010
General Election: November 2, 2010

STATUS: Incumbent Running
RATING: Safe Republican Retention

Most Recent Election Results:
2002 Result: Murkowski wins 56%-41%.
2006 Result:
Palin wins 48%-41%.

*When Sarah Palin rocked the political world with her surprise resignation, Lt. Governor Sean Parnell joined the ranks of America’s “Accidental Governors, those who have been elevated to their state’s top post without being elected. The roster includes six incumbent governors (New York, Arizona, Kansas, Illinois, Alaska  and Utah) who have not been elected to their current office.

Alaska Gubernatorial Race: Headlines

Ethan Berkowitz      Web Site twitter YouTube facebook
Hollis French
Web Site twitter YouTube facebook flickr
Bob Poe Web Site twitter YouTube facebook
Bob Rosenfeld Web Site

Gerald “Jerry” Heikes   Web Site
Sean Parnell (i)               Web Site

Ralph Samuels                Web Site
Bill Walker                        Web Site twitter YouTube

Local Blogs/Media:
The Mudflats

State Resources:
Alaska State Division of Elections

Public Policy Polling: Begich and Parnell looking strong for 2014 re-election bids (2/7/13)
Hays Research Group: Obama leads Sarah Palin in her home state (6/21/11)
Alaska Poll/Dittman Research: Support for Sarah Palin plummets in her home state (3/17/11)
CNN/TIME: Parnell cruising over Berkowitz, 62-36% (10/19/10)
Rasmussen: Parnell continues with double-digit lead over Berkowitz, 52-39% (10/13/10)
Public Policy Polling/DKos: Parnell with comfortable lead, 51-42% (10/10/10)
Alaska Survey/Moore Research: Parnell holds comfortable lead over Berkowtiz, 53-35% (9/30/10)
Rasmussen: Parnell up by 20 over Berkowitz, 54-34% (9/19/10)
Public Policy Polling: Parnell holds wide lead over Berkowitz, 55-37% (9/2/10)
Rasmussen: Berkowitz closes gap to ten points, 53-43% (8/31/10)
Rasmussen: Republicans favored to easily retain governor’s office (7/15/10)
DRM Market Research: Parnell, Berkowtiz hold big primary leads (5/23/10)
Rasmussen: Parnell holds big leads over all Dem challengers (5/6/10)
Hays Research: Alaskans still approve of Parnell, Sarah  not so much (1/26/10)
Hays Research: Palin departs on a low note (July 30, 2009)